Lights Out

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:: Lights Out :: 2016 ::
:: David F. Sandberg ::

Acting: 4
Anxiety: 6
Atmosphere: 5
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 9
Production: 5
Recommended: 5
Scares: 8
Story: 2
Unpredictable: 4

Total: 58

This movie starts off really fucking scary. I’m just going to start out with that. There’s a lot else to say about it, though. It suffers from a real case of the much-too-soons: they show the monster much too soon, the first attack is much too soon, and we’re expected to care about, frankly, ANY of the characters much too soon. There are a few other issues: the dialogue is weak (what’s with the social worker?), the characters are thin (see you at that gig, sis), the backstory is tired and trod out for zillionth time. I remember the short film this is based on, same name/director. I don’t know anything about making movies really, but I feel like there were some bad choices made along the way. Why can the monster sometimes make lights turn off, sometimes not? Why can it sometimes decide to teleport, but is sometimes restricted by doors? It can knock and affect other things physically when the lights are on, but not people? Ill-defined, to say the least. But man! This is still a pretty scary movie. Particularly if you like jump scares. Woof! Keep the lights on after this one. 

P.S. Uuuuuuugggggghhhhhhh yea, let’s keep the mental-health-equals-monster train rolling. So tired of seeing it.